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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Dec 5, 2010 5:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH (1971) - One of the Classics

There is so much to say about todays TDIH performance from the Felt Forum. The historic show is an undeniable classic, easily a top-ten of 1971, and arguably one of the all-time greatest performances by the band ever. I can remember listening to my cassette of this widely circulated show over and over as a teenager.

Detracters will find fault with the hot levels of the imperfect Pre-FM recording, but I just think this adds to the listening experience and is part of the character of this show.

Following what has to be one of Bill Grahams greatest band intruductions ever, the Grateful Dead rip through 31 songs over several hours, and each performance is exquisitely played. Vitrtually every track is extremely tight and is a standout performance!

There are just too many highlights of this one to mention them all. I particularly dig the energetic Bertha opener, a great '71 rendition of Deal, the rocked-out Truckin' and very nice Sugar Magnolia. But there are a couple of real gems here; Jerry may never have sounded better vocally than he did on this night in 1971. Check his gorgeous rendition of Muddy River, sadly a one-timer.

But the high-mark of the entire show just might be Jer's highly emotive performance of Comes a Time. It's certainly among the very best renditions of the song ever!

Pig is also back in form, sounding terrific on his three songs, and then of course there is the only performance of Dark Star played during the the historic four-night run, well jammed and played without vocals.

I still listen to this timeless classic several times a year and this 100 pointer is still a fresh and vibrant performance to these ears. In spite of the repetitious set-lists, I would welcome a boxed set of this classic run.

What are your thoughts about this show?

Anything you would like to add?

Does anyone enjoy this show as much as I do?

http://www.archive.org/details/gd71-12-05.prefm.miller.3391.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Dec 5, 2010 1:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1971) - One of the Classics

I've had the 5,6,7 dates in my collection but have recently been listening to 12-6 for some reason. It's pretty darn good but listening to 12-5 now, the sound is more rich and the energy higher. Do you find 12-5 to be the best of the batch on these points as well?

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Dec 5, 2010 3:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1971) - One of the Classics

Due to the fact that it was simulcast, 12/5/71 is obviously the most well known and widely circulated show of the run. I do think that it is the best performance of the four, not in small part due to the Dark Star being played on this night. But in my opinion, 12/6 is just about as good.

I think that there is a great deal of parity between these four shows and all are excellent performances. There is really not that much separating the other three shows from 12/5. We discussed this here several years ago. It's certainly worthy of more analysis...

http://www.archive.org/post/119654/felt-forum-1971

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Poster: geolectro Date: Dec 5, 2010 6:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1971) - One of the Classics

this first set was my absolute poorest-quality tape, but one of my all time faves. the opening bertha strumming by jerry is maybe like top three greatest moments in GD history to my ears. i miss that tape.....

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Poster: groovernut Date: Dec 5, 2010 10:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1971) - One of the Classics

Sweet.

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Poster: zeroenvy Date: Dec 5, 2010 6:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1971) - One of the Classics

"If there ever was a godfather of Rock N Roll, it would be Jerry Garcia."

One of the first shows added to my collection.. What got me hooked was the Chinacat tease in the NFA>GDTRFB. Also this show has a GREAT 1st set. I was very excited to see someone giving this show praise, nevermind someone who's known for there dead knowledge.

I had to work this weekend so i'm actually doing something i've never done before and I'm going to listen to the whole Felt Forum (MSG) stretch. 12/4, 12/5, 12/6, and 12/7. A show each day. I invite everyone else to come with me.

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Dec 5, 2010 9:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1971) - One of the Classics

Cliff, The Whole Run is spectacular, one of my favorite weeks in Grateful Dead History. What it must have been like to walk the frozen streets of Midtown after one of those epic shows. I love the Odd tunes like Muddy Water and great versions of You Win Again and Big Boss Man. Plus, its just one day before my Birthday, which is another great gig as well. Cheers Mate!

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Poster: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 Date: Dec 5, 2010 2:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1971) - One of the Classics

love the one more saturday night from this show.also the sittin on top of the world out of d-star. classic 71' :)

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Dec 7, 2010 10:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1971) - One of the Classics

Just got a new car (well, actually used car) with Sync in it and finally have a way to hook my iPod up...even if it is mp3. Decided to go through 1971 from beginning to end (soundboards) and am still working through the February Port Chester/Capitol Theater run...now...should I jump to December to hear these awesome some...could take me a long time to get there otherwise!

On a very side note, a retired school superintendent pulled in a 405-pound yellowfin tuna on the Vagabond, out of Point Loma, San Diego. Awesome catch and new record!

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Dec 7, 2010 4:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1971) - One of the Classics

No need to skip ahead, there are plenty of fantastic '71 shows between February and December!

I saw that huge Yellowfin. I think there is a good chance the IGFA will certify the record, the Vagabond was specifically fishing for the record so they should be IGFA compliant.

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Dec 7, 2010 5:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1971) - One of the Classics

Vagabond is a good boat with a good crew. One of the many things I look forward to in retirement is getting more fishing in!

Must confess to a bit of jealousy looking at your stripers. Just don't have them here on the West Coast.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Dec 7, 2010 8:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1971) - One of the Classics

Stripers?

But you have Threshers right off the beach, huge Makos, Striped Marlin, Swords, etc...

You have nothing to be jealous about!

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Dec 8, 2010 7:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1971) - One of the Classics

True that! Just a case of striper envy...I had to spell that carefully.

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Poster: billydlions Date: Dec 5, 2010 7:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1971) - One of the Classics

I'm not sure there's a better It Hurts Me Too than this one? Of course the Dark Star in to a blistering Sitting on Top is outstanding (best ever Sitting on Top?). This show is so great that it almost keeps me from mentioning 12-5-81 as another TDIH, but I couldn't resist :)

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Dec 5, 2010 6:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1971) - One of the Classics

You mean Muddy Water not Muddy River.
Probably the only time I'll ever be able to make a correction to something you wrote, so humor me :)
Yes, this show is phenomenal.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Dec 5, 2010 7:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1971) - One of the Classics

Thanks for the correction, but I make tons of mistakes here :)

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Poster: deadmax Date: Dec 5, 2010 5:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1971) - One of the Classics

I used to listen to these 4 a lot but have not broken them out recently. I will do that this week. I do remember the 5th as my favorite but I'll have to listen again. I've been stuck in '72 so long I forgot they played other years.